The Secret Garden

The Secret Garden Learning is run by Amy Hughes Sykes, a qualified and experienced teacher, Forest School Leader and childminder, who is married to Phil. Phil is a community theatre producer, support worker and star baker, who holds a full up-to-date DBS certificate. The Secret Garden Learning is based at our home in Morecambe Bay, on the Heysham / Sandylands border. We have a cosy open-plan kitchen-diner, where children play, learn, rest and eat homemade food and snacks together. We also make the most of our bright, secure garden to play on the grass and in the Mud Kitchen, and to grow flowers. We grow a range of vegetables and fruits at our learning allotment in Heysham. We enjoy traffic-free access to the promenade and its beaches and playgrounds.

We are in the process of converting the outhouse into a Nature Learning Hub: a dedicated space for nature-focused care and learning. As of spring 2020 the first phase is complete, meaning we have a lovely new ground-floor bathroom with outdoor access from the garden.

To arrange a visit, email Amy at